San Miguel Beer targets the twice-to-beat in the quarters as it collides with Rain or Shine at 5:00 p.m. today in Season 44 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.
SMB, this season’s Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup champion, is on a hunt for a second Grand Slam since 1989.
The Beermen signed former Cleveland Cavaliers guard John Holland to replace injured import Dez Wells last Friday. Wells sprained his ankle on Wednesday though San Miguel Beer managed to survive Blackwater, 99-96, without an import.
San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria charged his wards to improve their current 6-3 win-loss record and No. 4 position.
“We have to take this seriously because they are really looking for a win. The game is also important for us to get into the top four quarterfinals. We still have a chance to be there. We don’t like to be at No. 7 at the end of the elimination just like in the last conference,” said Austria.
The Cebuano 6’10 five-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo agrees with Austria.
“This is very crucial for us to get into the top four. Kailangan mag-step up ng mga locals din aside sa import at ‘yung susi namin dito ‘yung execution din sa plays (The locals must step up too not only the imports. The key is the execution of plays),” he said.
The No. 11 Elasto Painters (2-7) aim to halt a two-game losing run to stay in contention for the last quarterfinals slot.